Bents Home & Garden turns 80

This year will be a year of celebration at Glazebury, Cheshire-based Bents Garden & Home as it is 80 years since Alfred and Margaret Bent started to sell roses from the front garden of their small terrace house.

Since 1937 Bents has evolved from a small specialised plant based business to one of the country’s
largest garden, home and leisure destinations all of which is celebrated in a short film, highlighting
its journey and thanking customers for being part of it.
Bents has a calendar of events, seasonal surprises "and random acts of kindness" planned to commemorate its milestone, with a summer garden party of 7-10 July.
The £20m turnover operation, employs 430 staff. A new £700,000 staff facility opened this month. Longer-term, mini golf, a spa and a restaurant revamp are possible developments.
Managing director Matthew Bent said: "As a family business we’ve never been ones to rest on our
laurels. We’ve always followed our passions, taken chances and strived to innovate. And that is
exactly how it all started in 1937 when my grandparents started to cultivate roses as a hobby in the
front garden of their terraced house at 404 Warrington Road, just metres away from our current
location. Little did they know that it would be the start of something so unique and special."
In 2007, Bents launched the UK’s first Open Skies Glass House, and more recent years have seen the opening of a £10m extension, housing a number of new home and leisure departments, including a Food Hall.
Bents now has six dining destinations, adventure play area, landscaped lake and on site nursery,
where it grows 60 per cent of its plants.
Bent added: "Despite growing in size we’ve worked hard to keep the great family feeling and ambiance we have established a reputation for; something I think my grandparents would be very proud of if they could see us now."
  • Book now for the Garden Retail Summit 2017 - the leading independent knowledge and networking event for executives. Taking place in London on 23rd February, this year's event will focus on growth, and include the opportunities and challenges of 'Brexit', learnings from the latest garden centre developments - and will be opened with a keynote address from John Cleland, CEO, Dobbies.  For more details and tickets go to: www.gardenretailawards.com/summit

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